The lovely in all ways, CeCe Barfield was born in Dallas, Texas and now currently lives in New York City where she works as a junior decorator for Bunny Williams. Upon meeting CeCe an immediate obsession can quite likely occur, where you will most doubtedly find yourself taking mental notes on how one day, possibly you can emminate even a just bit of her. Maybe that is why Vixely cannot stop reading and pinning her design and lifestyle site The Decophile, in which CeCe shares her passions including her “love of antique malls and animal prints, silver and shag carpets, pelmets and pleats, and all other things that make girls want to be grandes dames.” We feature The Decophile herself in our upcoming Debut Magazine (an Interactive iPad Magazine coming soon to iTunes Newsstand!) where she shares her ”How to: Create the Perfect Bedroom” and put together a little interview, so you can understand our complete Girl Crush on our fabulous friend, CeCe Barfield!
Vixely (V): Describe The Decophile philosophy and lifestyle?
CeCe Barfield (CB): The Decophile is an exploration into reinventing traditional style for a new generation. There are so many beautiful and inspirational rooms in books and magazines, but getting the look isn’t always easy. Everything on The Decophile is doable. The stories on the site are focused on translating traditional design principles for twenty-somethings by featuring items that are accessible, and above all, comfortable. My goal with The Decophile is to help people live well with ease because at the end of the day, if it’s not easy it’s not enjoyable.
V: What inspired you to start The Decophile?
CB: The Decophile started as an outlet to share ideas with friends. I have always loved to decorate, cook and well, shop. Living in New York and having some amazing jobs, has really exposed me to a lot, and I wanted to share it all. Friends were always emailing me about where they could find a lamp, what to cook for dinner, or how to set a table, so I thought why not put it all in one place!
V: How do you see The Decophile evolving?
CB: In the near future, The Decophile is going to expand into the land of e-commerce. I’ve been collecting antique silver, textiles and little accessories on trips to sell on the site. Shopping on the site will sort of be like raiding your Grandmother’s house. Down the line, I would love to turn the site into a book!
V: What has been your most recent decorating purchase and/or wish list?
CB:I just moved into a new apartment, so I’ve been in major decorating mode. My favorite purchase is a canopy for over my bed. I designed it
and had it made out of my favorite fabric, “Moondance” by textile designer Lulu DK. I swear to you, I am sleeping better since it was installed. There are tons of things I still want. I am slowly “upgrading” my college furniture. Next in line is a new dining room table. I’ve got my eye on the “Black Beauty” table from Beeline Home.
V: What sort of decorating trends do you see in 2012?
CB: There is definitely a groovy 70s vibe seeping its way into the decorating scene. Lately, I’ve been seeing the most fabulous tie-dye inspired textiles.
V: Who are your favorite style icons?
CB: For interiors, Bunny Williams. Bunny is the queen of approachable elegance, which is always the vibe I am aiming to achieve. For fashion, I adore Catherine Deneuve. She is the quintessential French woman – sexy, but still utterly feminine.
V: What is your signature cocktail?
CB: Fresh Margaritas. They are shamefully simple: 1 part tequila, 1 part triple sec, 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice (note: wear gloves if you don’t want to ruin your manicure).
V: If you had to invite anyone dead or alive to a dinner party who would be at your table?
CB: It would definitely be a decorator’s dinner. I would invite Madeline Castaing, Albert Hadley, Sister Parish, Bunny Williams, Miles Redd, and Jacques Granges.
V: Favorite places in the world?
CB: Torre di Bellosguardo in Florence, The Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur and my parents’ farm in Comfort, Texas.